Staff

Administrative

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Catherine Tango-Dykes

School Director | Owner
Miss Cathy grew up in Ridgefield. She started the Ridgefield Montessori School in 1999 when she was looking for a preschool for her son. She has since had two children graduate from the Ridgefield Montessori School. Several years ago, Miss Cathy started the Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation in memory of her daughter. This foundation provides support and financial help to families of children with special needs. Miss Cathy, along with her husband enjoy cooking, travel, reading and spending time with family and friends. She has three grown children. Her son, a member of the first graduating class from RMS, is a graduate of Auburn University and is a Mechanical Engineer who lives and works in the Atlanta, GA area. Her youngest daughter, a graduate of RMS is in college and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her oldest daughter attended the University of Rhode Island and is a trained Infant/Toddler Montessori teacher. She works on Broadway and lives in New York.
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Kathleen Dean

Assistant Director
Miss Kathleen grew up in Danbury and graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Prior to joining RMS, Miss Kathleen worked at Facility Solutions Group as an office manager. Miss Kathleen currently lives in Danbury with her husband. She has two grown children. Her son is a graduate of Philadelphia University with his MBA, and currently works for their family-owned business. Her daughter graduated from Adelphi University with her MFA in Writing. She is a teacher for a non-profit organization. Miss Kathleen enjoys traveling, yoga, and cooking.

Teachers

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Ann Romeo

Head Toddler Teacher
Miss Ann has been a teacher at the Ridgefield Montessori School since 2001. She is a fully accredited Montessori teacher in the Infant & Toddler program receiving her accreditation from CMTE/NY. She also holds a degree from Lehman College. Prior to joining RMS, Miss Ann taught art at the elementary school level in New York for four years. Miss Ann lives in Ridgefield with her husband. She has a son who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and is a chef in Boston. Her oldest son has his MBA in Accounting/Business Practices from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed CPA in Connecticut. He lives in Ridgefield with his wife and daughter. Miss Ann’s pride and joy is her granddaughter, Luna.
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Georgia Soares

Head Primary Teacher | CMTE Trainer
Miss Georgia has been a teacher at the Ridgefield Montessori School since 2006. Miss Georgia is a fully accredited Montessori teacher in Early Childhood. She received her accreditation from CMTE/NY and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle. In addition, Miss Georgia holds a degree in journalism from Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Brazil. She lives in Ridgefield with her husband and her daughter who is a graduate of Ridgefield High School and is pursuing an interest in music and art. Miss Georgia enjoys gardening, sewing and traveling.
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Debbie Haughney

Head Toddler Teacher
Miss Debbie has been a teacher at RMS since 2010 and a Head Teacher in our Infant/Toddler Program since 2013. She received her Infant/Toddler accreditation from CMTE/NY. She also holds a BSN from the College of Mount St. Vincent and has worked as a registered nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Columbia Hospital in NYC. A Ridgefield resident, she has held numerous volunteer positions including Branchville Elementary PTA President, Special Education PTA President, Diversity/Differences Day founder and is a founding member of the Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation. She lives in Ridgefield with her husband and has four children. Her oldest daughter is a Special Education teacher in Boston. She has a daughter who works at The Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, a son who is a Mechanical Engineer and lives in New York and a daughter who is at Ridgefield High School. Miss Debbie enjoys working in her garden, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Assistant Teachers

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Jane Goetz

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Christine Pavone

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Ranjeeta Ghosh

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Tara Moxham

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Lynda Streaman

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Lisa Bua

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Jeannine Ahern

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Parineeta Vohra

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Specialty Teachers

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Lisa Threatte

Music
Miss Lisa provides a bi-monthly program that includes movement, rhythm and singing. The program also includes international and musical styles. Miss Lisa brings in many different instruments to play for the students which includes both acoustic and electric guitars.
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Asa-AmenRa Kariamu

African Drumming
Mr. K shares his unique African Drum Program. His West African culture, traditions and folklore are introduced through music, song, and dance. Mr. K provides a monthly program for all students in which they learn rhythm and beat by playing the beautiful drums that he creates. This is a very special program offered to our students at RMS.
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Miss Catherine

French Teacher
"I think the most amazing gift we can give a child is to speak a second language." Miss Catherine has been teaching French at RMS since 2014. She is a French native from Alsace/Lorraine in Northeastern France. After she graduated from college in France, she decided to come to the USA. She worked for a bank and an investment company in Boston and lived there for 10 years before landing in Ridgefield in 2004 where she’s lived ever since with her husband and 3 children. Her eldest is a 2020 RHS graduate. He’s currently a Freshman at Mulhenberg College in PA. Her middle son is a junior at RHS, and her daughter is in 8th grade at SRMS. Miss Catherine has been teaching French with Linguakids and The Language School before starting at Montessori.